Third Country Training Programmes with Partner Countries
Singapore – Australian Federal Police (AFP) Joint Training Programme
Since 2000, Singapore and the Australian Federal Police (under its Law Enforcement Cooperation Programme) have been jointly sponsoring the annual Integrated Narcotics Enforcement Programme. The programme, conducted by Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau and the Australian Federal Police, provides a platform for Singapore and Australia to share approaches and strategies to combat drug trafficking with law enforcement officers from the ASEAN countries. To date, more than 200 officials have participated in this training programme.
Singapore – Canada Third Country Training Programme
The Memorandum of Understanding for the Singapore – Canada Third Country Training Programme was signed in 1998, although technical cooperation between Singapore and Canada dates back to 1995, when both countries launched an English Language Training Project for Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Singapore and Canada (administered by the Canadian International Development Agency or CIDA) have jointly conducted 66 programmes for 1,357 participants from 15 countries. Besides language training, joint courses have covered other fields, like governance, trade and finance.
Singapore – China Third Country Training Programme
The Singapore-China Third Country Training Programme was conceived to contribute to the Initiative for ASEAN Integration. Recognising that Singapore and China share common and complementary expertise in areas that could be valuable to the developmental needs of ASEAN, both countries have joined hands to train 34 ASEAN officials through two programmes since 2008. The first programme conducted in 2008 concentrated on e-governance, while the second programme conducted in 2010 gave archivists an in-depth understanding of archival and records management.
Singapore – European Commission Trilateral Cooperation Programme
Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country to work with the European Commission (EC) on a technical assistance programme for developing countries. The agreement between Singapore and the EC covers technical assistance to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Since the establishment of the Trilateral Cooperation Programme in 2004, over 130 officials have been trained in areas such as finance, trade promotion, WTO-related matters and information technology.
Singapore – France Third Country Training Programme
Singapore and have been cooperating on providing training to developing countries since 2001. The cooperation was formalised through a Letter of Intent signed by both countries in March 2007. To date, 20 joint programmes have been conducted for over 410 officials from ASEAN countries in areas such as public finance management, tax policy, emergency medical services and the prevention and management of contagious diseases.
Singapore – Germany Third Country Training Programme
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Singapore started cooperating with GIZ in 1993. To date, both partners have jointly conducted 30 courses for over 440 participants from the Asia Pacific region. The courses cover areas such as the management of technical and vocational education training institutions (TVET), multimedia development, manufacturing and automation, information technology and enterprise management. The cooperation has been strengthened by the enhanced Memorandum of Understanding signed by both countries in December 2007. Our most recent collaboration is in the area of climate change.
Singapore – Germany Third Country Training Programme
German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO)
Singapore and GFFO signed a Declaration of Intent in August 2009 to jointly provide human resource capacity building to Afghanistan so as to enhance the standard of civil aviation safety and management in the country. Since then, three training programmes have been customised for 55 Afghan officials in the areas of civil aviation management and airport terminal and ramp operations management.
Japan – Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century
Since 1994, Singapore and Japan have been cooperating to provide joint technical assistance to developing countries. The cooperation was strengthened under the Japan–Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century signed in 1997, and under the Enhanced Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century signed in 2007. To date, Singapore and Japan (administered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA) have trained over 4,900 government officials from across the world through some 280 training programmes in diverse fields such as public governance, trade promotion, urban planning, climate change and environment, disaster management, education, healthcare, intellectual property, IT and tourism. From 2009 to 2011, Singapore and Japan collaborated with the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) to conduct an annual programme on the ASEAN Charter for officials from ASEAN member states and ASEC staff. In conjunction with Singapore’s and Japan’s consecutive APEC chairmanships in 2009 and 2010, both countries also customised a package of three training programmes on pandemics management, trade and investment promotion and enhancing competitiveness in the services sector for APEC economies in 2010.
Singapore – Jordan Third Country Training Programme
Under the auspices of the Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED), Singapore and Jordan jointly established in 2007 the AMED Regional Vocational Training Centre (RVTC), located at the Technical Training Institute in Amman, Jordan. The RVTC conducts vocational training courses, focusing on developing skills in air-conditioning and heating systems maintenance and diagnostics for the construction industry for participants from the AMED member countries. Singapore and Jordan have conducted seven courses, training over 90 participants from AMED member countries.
Singapore – Korea Comprehensive Joint Development Cooperation Partnership
The Memorandum of Understanding for the Singapore–Republic of Korea Third Country Training Programme was signed in 1993 by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korea International Cooperation Agency. Singapore and Korea have jointly conducted 83 courses for over 1,200 participants from the Asia-Pacific region. The training courses cover areas like economic development, trade promotion, information technology, environment, port management, urban development and public governance. In June 2010, Singapore and Korea signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to establish an enhanced framework of cooperation, called the Singapore-Korea Comprehensive Joint Development Cooperation Partnership, under which both countries would significantly expand development assistance to developing countries.
Singapore – Luxembourg Third Country Training Programme
The Singapore–Luxembourg Third Country Training Programme was launched in 1997 to provide joint technical assistance to countries in the Asia-Pacific region. To date, five courses have been conducted for 82 participants, covering hospitality, hotel management and public administration.
Singapore – Norway Third Country Training Programme
Launched in 1996, the Singapore – Norway Third Country Training Programme has provided 18 training courses for 355 participants from South Asia and Southeast Asia in areas like good governance, environmental management and climate change, utility management, information technology, English language and healthcare.
Singapore – Qatar Third Country Training Programme
Under the auspices of the Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED), Singapore and Qatar set up the AMED Regional Training Centre for Public Administration (RTCPA) at the Institute of Administrative Development in Doha, Qatar. Both countries renewed the Third Country Training Programme Memorandum of Understanding in 2010 to jointly host relevant courses at the RTCPA. The RTCPA focuses on training government officials in areas like public administration, trade promotion, urban planning, environmental management and information and communications technology. Singapore and Qatar have conducted 13 courses at the RTCPA, training over 320 officials from AMED member countries.
Thailand – Singapore Third Country Training Programme
Thailand and Singapore have been providing technical assistance under the Thailand - Singapore Third Country Training Programme since 1997. This is Singapore’s first formalised partnership with a fellow ASEAN country to extend technical assistance to participants from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. To date, Singapore and Thailand (administered by the International Development Cooperation Agency or TICA) have jointly conducted 44 courses for more than 600 participants in programmes covering areas like English language, information technology, trade liberalisation, environment and food safety.
Third Country Training Programmes with International Organisations/Non-Governmental Organisations
Singapore – APEC Joint Training Programme
Singapore first collaborated with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to organise a workshop on Trade Facilitation for APEC economies in Sendai, Japan, at the sidelines of the September 2010 APEC Senior Officials' meeting. A second collaboration followed in October 2010, with a workshop in Singapore to assist APEC economies in reforming their regulatory systems for construction permits. The workshops were part of Singapore's contributions to the APEC Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Action Plan, a Singapore-led initiative launched during the 2009 APEC Leaders’ Week in Singapore.
Singapore – ASEAN Secretariat Technical Cooperation
In 2009, Singapore, the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) first entered into a tripartite collaboration to provide joint training to ASEAN officials on regional integration issues. From 2009 to 2011, the three partners co-organised an annual Train-the-Trainers course on understanding and communicating the ASEAN Charter that benefitted over 90 officials from the ASEAN member states and ASEC. The courses were conducted by the ASEAN Studies Centre of the of Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and hosted by ASEC at their premises in Jakarta.
Singapore – Asia Foundation Third Country Training Programme
Singapore and The Asia Foundation started a successful pilot collaboration in 2008 by hosting Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-level officials for the “Senior Management Programme” at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. This was followed by a second collaboration in 2009, with a training programme on governance for senior officials from the Afghan High Office of Oversight for Anti-corruption. In June 2011, we jointly conducted a "Counter Corruption Professional Development Course" for 8 members of the Mongolian judiciary.
Singapore – Asian Development Bank Technical Cooperation Programme
Since 1991, Singapore and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have been conducting joint training courses for developing countries in the Asia-Pacific and under the Singapore-ADB Technical Cooperation Programme. A total of 27 joint training courses and study visits have been conducted for over 650 participants in results-based management, tourism, road safety management, port and airport management, water and solid waste management, technology transfer, border management and trade facilitation.
Singapore – Asian Development Bank Institute Joint Training Programme
Singapore's collaboration with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) began in 1999. Our most recent collaboration is a Regional Policy Workshop on Asian Economic Integration jointly organised by Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ADBI and ADB. Close to 20 participants from South Asian countries benefitted from the workshop.
Singapore – Cities Development Initiative For Asia Third Country Training Programme
In 2010, Singapore and the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the Singapore-CDIA Third Country Training Programme. The CDIA is a regional initiative established by the ADB and the Government of Germany, with additional core funding support of the Governments of Sweden, Austria and Spain and and the Shanghai Municipal Government. Since then, we have conducted three joint programmes on effective urban infrastructure programming for Asian Mayors and their city teams.
Singapore – Colombo Plan Third Country Training Programme
Singapore has provided technical assistance to Colombo Plan member countries under the Singapore-Colombo Plan (CP) Training Award Scheme since the 1960s. In November 1996, we formalised our collaboration with the CP Secretariat to jointly train participants from CP member countries. Since then, we have provided training courses on climate change, public administration and economic development to more than 570 senior government officials from CP member countries.
Singapore – Colombo Plan Staff College Joint Training Programme
From 1974 to 1986, Singapore was host to the for Technician Education (CPSC) when it was first established. After CPSC relocated to the Philippines, Singapore has continued to support its work. In recent years, Singapore and CPSC have collaborated to conduct training courses in pedagogy skills for teacher trainers, technical and vocational education (TVET) and training development. Our most recent collaboration is a TVET Programme for Principals and Instructors conducted in November 2011 for the benefit of CPSC member countries.
Singapore – Commonwealth Of Learning Joint Training Programme
Singapore has been collaborating with the Commonwealth Of Learning (COL) since 2000 under the Third Country Training Programme framework. Most notably, five runs of a workshop on management issues in teacher education targeted at Chief Executive Officers of training institutes from Commonwealth African countries were conducted annually from 2001 to 2005. In our latest collaboration, senior-level educators from Commonwealth small states came together in a workshop to create a set of educational leadership training materials which would serve as open resources for individuals and institutions on the website. To date, a total of ten joint programmes in education have been provided to 243 participants from the Commonwealth countries.
Singapore – Commonwealth Secretariat Third Country Training Programme
Singapore and the Commonwealth Secretariat signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 1994 to jointly provide technical assistance to Commonwealth member countries. About 10 joint courses are conducted each year in areas covering public administration and governance, disaster management, information technology, productivity management, trade facilitation and SME development. To date, we have jointly conducted over 170 training programmes for the benefit of more than 3,000 participants from 64 Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories.
Singapore – Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Third Country Training Programme
Singapore started collaborating with the Economic and Social Commission for and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 1997. Since then, 10 training programmes have been conducted for 133 participants from 29 Asia-Pacific countries. The training focus has been on tourism, trade promotion, port management and project planning. Singapore and ESCAP are currently exploring collaboration in providing public governance and administration training to Myanmar.
Singapore – Hanns Seidel Foundation Joint Training Programme
Singapore and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) have collaborated since 2001 to jointly provide training programmes to developing countries. To date, 25 courses in areas such as climate change, public administration and urban planning have been conducted for 343 government officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. Our latest collaboration is a training programme for Myanmar diplomats in foreign diplomacy and conference management, which was held in March 2011 in Singapore.
Singapore – International Atomic Energy Agency Third Country Training Programme
Singapore concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2000 to jointly train participants from IAEA member states on the application of nuclear technology in the areas of health, industry radiation protection and environment. We have conducted 85 joint programmes for over 120 officials from IAEA member countries. These programmes comprise mainly fellowship attachments to Singapore hospitals.
Singapore – International Bridges To Justice Joint Training Programme
Singapore and the International Bridges to Justice embarked on an inaugural collaboration in February 2011 to provide criminal law training to ASEAN countries. A second collaboration followed in December 2011 with an in-country course conducted in Laos. A total of 40 public prosecutors and legal aid lawyers benefitted from both courses, which aimed to enhance the ability of these countries’ legal systems to provide criminal defence and legal aid.
International Civil Aviation Organization – Singapore Third Country Training Programme
Singapore concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in 2001 to promote the safety and development of civil aviation through human resource development. The MOU has since been renewed thrice, in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Since the inception of the ICAO-SIN DCTP, more than 420 fellowships have been awarded to 92 ICAO contracting states to attend specialised training programmes at the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA). In December 2008, in celebration of the SAA’s 50th Anniversary, an MOU was inked to provide an additional 50 fellowships for 2009. Subsequently, in August 2009, on the occasion of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum, a second MOU was inked to extend and expand the ICAO-SIN DCTP to provide another 180 fellowships from 2010 to 2012.
Singapore – International Maritime Organization Third Country Training Programme
Singapore and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) signed a Third Country Training Programme Memorandum of Understanding in 1998 to provide technical assistance to IMO member countries on matters relating to maritime safety and prevention and control of marine pollution. To date, 25 training programmes have been jointly conducted under this TCTP for 463 participants from IMO member countries.
Singapore – International Monetary Fund Third Country Training Programme
Singapore and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 22 September 1997 on the establishment of the IMF - Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) in Singapore. The STI provides training for government officials from the Asia-Pacific region in macroeconomic and financial management and related subjects. Since 1998, the STI has provided training to more than 10,000 officials from the Asia-Pacific region.
Singapore – United Nations Centre For Regional Development Joint Training Programme
Singapore and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) first began collaboration in 2001. From 2009 to 2011, Singapore and UNCRD joined with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to organise an annual programme on urban development for urban planners from 10 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. Following the completion of this three-year run, Singapore and UNCRD plan to continue this programme in 2012. To date, we have jointly trained close to 100 participants from African countries under this programme.
Singapore – United Nations Children’s Fund Third Country Training Programme
Singapore began collaborating with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991. Since then, we have co-sponsored 12 training programmes on early childhood development and education for close to 300 participants from 19 countries. This includes a high-level conference on “The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Children” attended by 12 Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the region, and a Regional Early Childhood Policy Review Seminar in 2009.
Singapore – United Nations Development Programme Third Country Training Programme
Singapore’s collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began in 1992 under the Singapore-UNDP Third Country Training Programme framework. To date, more than 1,200 government officials from 86 countries, including countries from the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa, have participated in the joint training programmes, in areas such as civil aviation management and environmental health. Most recently, Singapore and the UNDP collaborated on a UNDP-commissioned book entitled “Virtuous Cycles: The Singapore Public Service and National Development”, which captures lessons from Singapore’s public governance experience that could be useful to other countries.
Singapore – World Bank Third Country Training Programme
Singapore and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 1996 to establish a Third Country Training Programme (TCTP). Under this TCTP, both sides have pooled resources to share expertise with developing countries in areas such as environmental management, finance and banking, urban development, information technology, hospital reform and education. In December 2006, Singapore and the World Bank (Africa Region) signed a MOU to conduct collaborative activities for countries in the region. Under this MOU, a series of 3 high-level study visits to Singapore was conducted from 2006 to 2009 for over 80 senior African policy makers (including 10 Ministers and 6 Permanent Secretaries) in the area of technical and vocational education and training. To date, Singapore and the World Bank have jointly trained over 760 officials from Asia-Pacific and Africa.
Singapore – World Bank Institute Joint Training Programme
In 2010, , Singapore, the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy jointly launched a flagship learning programme titled "Leadership in Local Government: Decision, Action, Results (DARE)". This was followed by a second run in 2011 co-sponsored by the three partners. The programme trained Asian Mayors and their city teams in results-oriented leadership, urban governance and development project management.
Singapore – World Intellectual Property Organization Third Country Training Programme
Singapore and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 1997 to conduct joint training courses for developing countries. These courses are aimed at enhancing their capacity to implement and develop international Intellectual Property standards. Singapore and WIPO renewed our partnership in 2006 to expand collaborative activities. To date, Singapore and WIPO have jointly trained some 500 officials from over 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. The training programmes are conducted at the WIPO Singapore Office.
Singapore – World Health Organization Joint Training Programme
Singapore’s collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) began in 2002 with the launch of the Regional Quality Management Training (QMT) course in Blood Transfusion Services. This was followed by collaboration on a series of three annual workshops on the Management of National Blood Programmes in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Since 2009, Singapore has collaborated with WHO on dengue prevention and control through jointly organising two runs of the Asia-Pacific Dengue Workshop. The workshop will be in its third run in 2012. To date, Singapore and WHO have jointly trained more than 220 health officials from the Asia-Pacific.
Singapore – World Trade Organization Third Country Training Programme
In 1996, Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to provide joint trade-related courses to developing countries. Since then, we have jointly organised 29 workshops and seminars for 579 government officials from WTO member countries. Notably, Singapore successfully hosted four annual Regional Trade Policy Courses (RTPCs) from 2007 to 2010. The National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law partnered the WTO to conduct the four RTPCs, which equipped more than 100 participants from over 25 economies in the Asia-Pacific region with a solid foundation of knowledge about the WTO and its functions. In 2009 and 2010, Singapore and WTO collaborated to organise a Parliamentarian Workshop to engage Asian legislators handling trade matters and WTO issues. The Singapore partner for the two workshops was the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade and Negotiations (TFCTN).